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1948 Chicago Bears

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10-2-0, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1948 NFL Season Summary

Scored 375 points (31.2/g), 3rd of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 151 points (12.6/g), 1st.
 Differential of 224 points (18.7/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 10.8-1.2.

Coach: George Halas (10-2-0)

Stadium: Wrigley Field
 Training Camp: St. Joseph's College (Rensselaer, Indiana)

Team Info

Principal Owner/Head Coach/General Manager George Halas

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 375 4346 844 5.1 40 21 15 242 142 287 1894 22 19 6.6 93 557 2452 25 4.4 134
Team Defense 151 2900 720 4.0 46 16 33 174 139 336 1646 12 30 4.9 70 384 1254 8 3.3 71
Lg Rank Offense 3 5 4 10 1 6 7 5 4 7 1 2 1 3
Lg Rank Defense 1 1 3 7 2 7 2 1 2 1 2 2 3 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
2 Sun September 26 boxscore W 1-0 @ Green Bay Packers 45 7 21 297 57 240 1 15 186 78 108 6
2 Mon October 4 boxscore W 2-0 @ Chicago Cardinals 28 17 15 330 124 206 3 15 300 199 101 3
3 Sun October 10 boxscore W 3-0 Los Angeles Rams 42 21 24 413 243 170 2 19 300 218 82 5
4 Sun October 17 boxscore W 4-0 Detroit Lions 28 0 21 397 138 259 5 5 109 76 33 4
5 Sun October 24 boxscore L 4-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 7 12 14 223 102 121 4 15 175 71 104 3
6 Sun October 31 boxscore W 5-1 New York Giants 35 14 22 461 169 292 7 14 204 137 67 4
7 Sun November 7 boxscore W 6-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 21 6 16 328 124 204 2 16 242 125 117 1
8 Sun November 14 boxscore W 7-1 Green Bay Packers 7 6 10 199 87 112 3 12 220 109 111 2
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 8-1 @ Boston Yanks 51 17 26 468 187 281 1 9 251 98 153 6
10 Sun November 28 boxscore W 9-1 Washington Redskins 48 13 24 317 132 185 4 21 335 246 89 7
11 Sun December 5 boxscore W 10-1 @ Detroit Lions 42 14 29 451 221 230 3 13 266 170 96 3
12 Sun December 12 boxscore L 10-2 Chicago Cardinals 21 24 20 462 310 152 5 20 312 119 193 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Sid Luckman 32 QB 12 8 89 163 54.6% 1047 13 8.0 14 8.6 53 6.4 4.2 11.8 87.3 65.1 0 0
Johnny Lujack 23 K 9 3 36 66 54.5% 611 6 9.1 3 4.5 64 9.3 9.0 17.0 67.9 97.5 0 0
Bobby Layne 22 11 1 16 52 30.8% 232 3 5.8 2 3.8 35 4.5 3.9 14.5 21.1 49.5 0 0
George McAfee 30 PR/RH 12 8 0 4 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
J.R. Boone 23 e 11 1 1 1 100.0% 4 0 0.0 0 0.0 4 4.0 4.0 4.0 0.4 83.3 0 0
Noah Mullins 30 hb 12 2 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 27.2 12 142 287 49.5% 1894 22 7.7 19 6.6 64 6.6 5.2 13.3 157.8 68.8 0 0
Opp Total 12 139 336 41.4% 1646 12 3.6 30 8.9 4.9 1.60 11.8 137.2 31.7 0 0 4.9 1.6 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
George Gulyanics 27 LH/P 12 8 119 439 4 24 3.7 36.6 9.9 8 130 16.3 1 36 0.7 10.8 569 5 3
George McAfee 30 PR/RH 12 8 92 392 5 23 4.3 32.7 7.7 17 227 13.4 2 50 1.4 18.9 619 7 11
Joe Osmanski 31 fb 12 1 74 341 1 32 4.6 28.4 6.2 9 43 4.8 0 19 0.8 3.6 384 1 0
Don Kindt 23 FB 12 6 54 189 2 66 3.5 15.8 4.5 11 137 12.5 0 49 0.9 11.4 326 2 0
J.R. Boone 23 e 11 1 48 266 5 40 5.5 24.2 4.4 10 143 14.3 2 38 0.9 13.0 409 7 5
Noah Mullins 30 hb 12 2 36 208 1 74 5.8 17.3 3.0 9 127 14.1 4 26 0.8 10.6 335 5 4
Mike Holovak 29 fb 11 5 30 228 2 47 7.6 20.7 2.7 4 30 7.5 0 15 0.4 2.7 258 2 0
Frank Minini 27 KR 12 3 24 79 2 18 3.3 6.6 2.0 1 14 14.0 1 14 0.1 1.2 93 3 2
Billy deCorrevont 30 b 10 2 16 25 0 7 1.6 2.5 1.6 2 7 3.5 0 6 0.2 0.7 32 0 0
Johnny Lujack 23 K 9 3 15 110 1 26 7.3 12.2 1.7 110 1 1
Bobby Layne 22 11 1 13 80 1 18 6.2 7.3 1.2 80 1 3
Fred Evans 27 3 0 10 15 0 7 1.5 5.0 3.3 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2 0.3 -0.7 13 0 0
Al Lawler 26 7 0 9 44 0 16 4.9 6.3 1.3 3 40 13.3 0 26 0.4 5.7 84 0 2
Sid Luckman 32 QB 12 8 8 11 0 18 1.4 0.9 0.7 11 0 1
Dick Flanagan 22 lb 11 1 5 14 0 6 2.8 1.3 0.5 14 0 0
Jim Canady 22 3 0 2 8 0 6 4.0 2.7 0.7 8 0 0
Ed Sprinkle 25 de 10 2 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.2 0.1 10 132 13.2 3 34 1.0 13.2 130 3 0
Ed Cifers 32 RE 12 6 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.4 0.1 5 0 0
Jim Keane 24 e 11 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 414 13.8 3 53 2.7 37.6 414 3 0
Ken Kavanaugh 32 LE 12 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 352 19.6 6 64 1.5 29.3 352 6 0
Joe Abbey 23 e 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 67 13.4 0 35 0.4 5.6 67 0 1
Allen Smith 26 e 10 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 29 9.7 0 18 0.3 2.9 29 0 0
Hank Norberg 28 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.4 4 0 0
Team Total 27.2 12 557 2452 24 74 4.4 204.3 46.4 142 1894 13.3 22 64 11.8 157.8 4346 46 33
Opp Total 12 384 1254 8 3.3 104.5 32.0 139 1646 11.8 12 11.6 137.2 2900 20 29

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
George McAfee 30 PR/RH 12 8 30 417 1 60 13.9 1 25 0 25 25.0 1061
J.R. Boone 23 e 11 1 11 137 0 40 12.5 2 31 0 17 15.5 577
Frank Minini 27 KR 12 3 12 370 1 95 30.8 463
Billy deCorrevont 30 b 10 2 4 61 0 44 15.3 6 160 0 67 26.7 253
Al Lawler 26 7 0 5 81 0 57 16.2 3 85 0 33 28.3 250
Noah Mullins 30 hb 12 2 3 33 0 15 11.0 1 41 0 41 41.0 409
Joe Osmanski 31 fb 12 1 2 26 0 14 13.0 410
Ray Bray 31 RG 12 10 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
Jim Canady 22 3 0 1 37 0 37 37.0 45
George Connor 23 lt 11 5 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
Fred Evans 27 3 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 28
Team Total 27.2 12 55 781 1 60 14.2 29 751 1 95 25.9 5878
Opp Total 12 45 1739 0 38.6 59 1101 0 18.7

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
George Gulyanics 27 LH/P 12 8 55 2432 70 0 44.2
Johnny Lujack 23 K 9 3 3 0.0%% 46 44 95.7%%
Sid Luckman 32 QB 12 8 10 384 49 0 38.4
Fred Venturelli 31 k 1 0 2 1 50.0%% 4 4 100.0%%
Al Lawler 26 7 0 1 1 100.0%% 3 3 100.0%%
Bobby Layne 22 11 1 1 0.0%% 1 24 24 0 24.0
Noah Mullins 30 hb 12 2 2 88 45 0 44.0
George McAfee 30 PR/RH 12 8 1 18 18 0 18.0
Team Total 27.2 12 7 2 28.6%% 53 51 96.2%% 69 2946 70 0 42.7
Opp Total 12 8 4 50.0%% 20 17 85.0%% 82 3208 39.1

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
George McAfee 30 PR/RH 12 8 2 35 0 25 0 0 11 5 0 0
Noah Mullins 30 hb 12 2 7 99 1 33 0 0 4 1 0 0
Johnny Lujack 23 K 9 3 8 131 0 43 0 0 1 0 0 0
J.R. Boone 23 e 11 1 1 12 0 12 0 0 5 1 0 0
Billy deCorrevont 30 b 10 2 5 37 0 17 0 0 0 2 29 0
Stu Clarkson 29 lb 10 1 2 14 0 13 0 0 0 3 0 0
Bobby Layne 22 11 1 0 3 1 0 0
Bulldog Turner+ 29 C 12 11 2 19 0 14 0 0 0 2 34 0
Chuck Drulis 30 LG 12 10 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 0
George Gulyanics 27 LH/P 12 8 0 3 0 0 0
Frank Minini 27 KR 12 3 0 2 1 35 1
Pat Preston 27 g 12 2 0 0 3 0 0
George Connor 23 lt 11 5 0 0 2 0 0
Fred Evans 27 3 0 0 0 2 26 2
Al Lawler 26 7 0 0 2 0 0 0
Sid Luckman 32 QB 12 8 0 1 1 0 0
Joe Abbey 23 e 12 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ed Cifers 32 RE 12 6 0 0 1 0 0
Mike Holovak 29 fb 11 5 1 18 0 18 0
Ken Kavanaugh 32 LE 12 7 0 0 1 1 1
Don Kindt 23 FB 12 6 1 21 0 21 0
Team Total 27.2 12 30 388 1 43 0 0 33 28 130 4
Opp Total 12 29 13 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Johnny Lujack 23 K 9 3 1 1 44 50
George McAfee 30 PR/RH 12 8 5 2 1 8 48
J.R. Boone 23 e 11 1 5 2 7 42
Ken Kavanaugh 32 LE 12 7 6 1 7 42
Noah Mullins 30 hb 12 2 1 4 1 6 36
George Gulyanics 27 LH/P 12 8 4 1 5 30
Frank Minini 27 KR 12 3 2 1 1 1 5 30
Jim Keane 24 e 11 4 3 3 18
Ed Sprinkle 25 de 10 2 3 3 18
Fred Evans 27 3 0 2 2 12
Mike Holovak 29 fb 11 5 2 2 12
Don Kindt 23 FB 12 6 2 2 12
Fred Venturelli 31 k 1 0 4 1 7
Al Lawler 26 7 0 3 1 6
Bobby Layne 22 11 1 1 1 6
Joe Osmanski 31 fb 12 1 1 1 6
Team Total 27.2 12 24 22 1 1 4 1 53 51 2 375
Opp Total 12 8 12 17 4 1 151

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1948-09-26 @ GNB W, 45-7 1 3 rush Johnny Lujack 3 yard rush (Fred Venturelli kick)
2 1948-09-26 @ GNB W, 45-7 1 33 interception Noah Mullins 33 yard interception return (Fred Venturelli kick)
3 1948-09-26 @ GNB W, 45-7 2 10 rush George McAfee 10 yard rush (Fred Venturelli kick)
4 1948-09-26 @ GNB W, 45-7 2 10 rush Mike Holovak 10 yard rush (Fred Venturelli kick)
5 1948-09-26 @ GNB W, 45-7 3 1 pass Ed Sprinkle 1 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
6 1948-09-26 @ GNB W, 45-7 4 34 pass Ed Sprinkle 34 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Johnny Lujack kick)
7 1948-10-04 @ CRD W, 28-17 1 4 rush J.R. Boone 4 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
8 1948-10-04 @ CRD W, 28-17 2 4 rush J.R. Boone 4 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
9 1948-10-04 @ CRD W, 28-17 3 95 kickoff Frank Minini 95 yard kickoff return (Johnny Lujack kick)
10 1948-10-04 @ CRD W, 28-17 3 9 pass Noah Mullins 9 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
11 1948-10-10 RAM W, 42-21 2 60 punt George McAfee 60 yard punt return (Johnny Lujack kick)
12 1948-10-10 RAM W, 42-21 2 8 pass J.R. Boone 8 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
13 1948-10-10 RAM W, 42-21 2 11 pass J.R. Boone 11 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
14 1948-10-10 RAM W, 42-21 3 1 rush George Gulyanics 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
15 1948-10-10 RAM W, 42-21 3 1 fumble Ken Kavanaugh 1 yard fumble return (Johnny Lujack kick)
16 1948-10-10 RAM W, 42-21 4 20 pass Noah Mullins 20 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
17 1948-10-17 DET W, 28-0 1 6 pass Ken Kavanaugh 6 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
18 1948-10-17 DET W, 28-0 2 66 rush Don Kindt 66 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
19 1948-10-17 DET W, 28-0 4 4 rush George Gulyanics 4 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
20 1948-10-17 DET W, 28-0 4 1 rush Joe Osmanski 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
21 1948-10-24 @ PHI L, 7-12 3 42 pass Ken Kavanaugh 42 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
22 1948-10-31 NYG W, 35-14 1 14 pass Ken Kavanaugh 14 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
23 1948-10-31 NYG W, 35-14 2 74 rush Noah Mullins 74 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
24 1948-10-31 NYG W, 35-14 3 16 rush George McAfee 16 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
25 1948-10-31 NYG W, 35-14 3 25 pass George McAfee 25 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
26 1948-10-31 NYG W, 35-14 4 1 rush George McAfee 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
27 1948-11-07 @ RAM W, 21-6 1 64 pass Ken Kavanaugh 64 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
28 1948-11-07 @ RAM W, 21-6 4 35 rush J.R. Boone 35 yard rush (Al Lawler kick)
29 1948-11-07 @ RAM W, 21-6 4 2 rush J.R. Boone 2 yard rush (Al Lawler kick)
30 1948-11-14 GNB W, 7-6 3 34 pass George McAfee 34 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Al Lawler kick)
31 1948-11-21 @ BOS W, 51-17 1 17 pass Noah Mullins 17 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Johnny Lujack kick)
32 1948-11-21 @ BOS W, 51-17 2 3 pass Jim Keane 3 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
33 1948-11-21 @ BOS W, 51-17 3 35 fumble Frank Minini 35 yard fumble return (Johnny Lujack kick)
34 1948-11-21 @ BOS W, 51-17 3 1 rush Frank Minini 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
35 1948-11-21 @ BOS W, 51-17 3 14 pass Frank Minini 14 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
36 1948-11-21 @ BOS W, 51-17 4 47 rush Mike Holovak 47 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
37 1948-11-21 @ BOS W, 51-17 4 5 rush Bobby Layne 5 yard rush
38 1948-11-28 WAS W, 48-13 1 1 rush George McAfee 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
39 1948-11-28 WAS W, 48-13 1 10 fumble Fred Evans 10 yard fumble return (Johnny Lujack kick)
40 1948-11-28 WAS W, 48-13 1 16 fumble Fred Evans 16 yard fumble return
41 1948-11-28 WAS W, 48-13 2 37 pass Jim Keane 37 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
42 1948-11-28 WAS W, 48-13 2 20 pass Ken Kavanaugh 20 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
43 1948-11-28 WAS W, 48-13 2 15 rush Don Kindt 15 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
44 1948-11-28 WAS W, 48-13 4 2 rush George Gulyanics 2 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
45 1948-12-05 @ DET W, 42-14 1 14 pass Jim Keane 14 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
46 1948-12-05 @ DET W, 42-14 2 10 pass Noah Mullins 10 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
47 1948-12-05 @ DET W, 42-14 2 1 rush Frank Minini 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
48 1948-12-05 @ DET W, 42-14 4 2 rush George McAfee 2 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
49 1948-12-05 @ DET W, 42-14 4 13 pass Ed Sprinkle 13 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Johnny Lujack kick)
50 1948-12-05 @ DET W, 42-14 4 4 rush J.R. Boone 4 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
51 1948-12-12 CRD L, 21-24 1 15 pass Ken Kavanaugh 15 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
52 1948-12-12 CRD L, 21-24 2 35 pass George Gulyanics 35 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
53 1948-12-12 CRD L, 21-24 4 1 rush George Gulyanics 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1948-09-26 @ GNB L, 7-45 3 1 rush Walt Schlinkman 1 yard rush (Ed Cody kick)
2 1948-10-04 @ CRD L, 17-28 2 7 pass Mal Kutner 7 yard pass from Ray Mallouf (Pat Harder kick)
3 1948-10-04 @ CRD L, 17-28 3 52 pass Babe Dimancheff 52 yard pass from Ray Mallouf (Pat Harder kick)
4 1948-10-10 RAM L, 21-42 3 8 pass Jack Zilly 8 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
5 1948-10-10 RAM L, 21-42 3 15 pass Don Currivan 15 yard pass from Jim Hardy (Bob Waterfield kick)
6 1948-10-10 RAM L, 21-42 4 9 rush Dick Hoerner 9 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
7 1948-10-24 @ PHI W, 12-7 1 8 rush Steve Van Buren 8 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
8 1948-10-31 NYG L, 14-35 4 13 pass Bill Swiacki 13 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Len Younce kick)
9 1948-10-31 NYG L, 14-35 4 15 pass Bill Swiacki 15 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Len Younce kick)
10 1948-11-07 @ RAM L, 6-21 3 20 pass Don Currivan 20 yard pass from Jim Hardy
11 1948-11-14 GNB L, 6-7 4 13 pass Nolan Luhn 13 yard pass from Jack Jacobs
12 1948-11-21 @ BOS L, 17-51 1 68 pass Frank Seno 68 yard pass from Gene Malinowski (Nick Scollard kick)
13 1948-11-21 @ BOS L, 17-51 4 5 pass Bill Chipley 5 yard pass from Gene Malinowski (Nick Scollard kick)
14 1948-11-28 WAS L, 13-48 2 14 pass Steve Bagarus 14 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Dick Poillon kick)
15 1948-11-28 WAS L, 13-48 4 1 rush Jim Youel 1 yard rush
16 1948-12-05 @ DET L, 14-42 3 24 pass Bob Mann 24 yard pass from Clyde LeForce (Merv Pregulman kick)
17 1948-12-05 @ DET L, 14-42 4 20 pass John Greene 20 yard pass from Fred Enke (Merv Pregulman kick)
18 1948-12-12 CRD W, 24-21 3 3 rush Pat Harder 3 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
19 1948-12-12 CRD W, 24-21 4 5 rush Charlie Trippi 5 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
20 1948-12-12 CRD W, 24-21 4 7 rush Elmer Angsman 7 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)